Monday, 18 November 2013

Fat and Forty Weigh In

As promised (Rachel!) I am posting my weight as at today's date. It is 12 stone 12lbs.  I started this two years ago this October with the intention of never re-joining a slimming club ever again. I was going to do this myself. I have achieved that. I haven't been to a slimming club for 7 years. I was never into detox's and what not or slimming shakes etc. I have seen many people lose weight along my own journey some have kept it all off. One person springs to mind who has shed 3 1/2 stone by going to two workout classes a week and eating little in the day and enjoying an evening meal. Some have lost their weight and put the majority back on. But I don't blame them. I blame the ridiculous promises and diets out there - some should be banned or at the very least have their statistics on the % of people that keep the stones off. At least that way people can go in with the facts and figures.

I started the blog weighing 14 stone 5lbs.  Prior to starting the blog I had been stuck at this weight for about a year. In 2010, I weighed 16 stone 5 lbs after the birth of my 3rd child.  I know you can't live off past glories and I think I'm going to have to dismiss that figure going forward.  I weigh close to 13 stone and its still an unhealthy weight. The majority of my weight is on my stomach, bum (don't mind so much) and my upper arms.  I have gone up and down but not by masses and the losses have been small along the way.  I have stuck to the basic principle of diet and exercise with exercise featuring more heavily than calorie counting. This has to change.  I have had a heel injury for what seems like weeks now - probably closing in on 4 weeks. This is having a catch 22 effect. I need to lose weight to take the pressure off my heel but exercising has been very difficult. I haven't cycled as the weather has turned and I've lost my nerve on the road - see previous post on the recent deaths of cyclists in London. You can add another person to that list today. I did have a rock bottom moment a couple of weeks back which was a bit of a wake up call. Trying on dresses is guaranteed to make you take stock of your size.

I ordered several different types and came to the conclusion that fitted suited me better.  I also purchased some control underwear (how middle aged is that!) to go under my dresses.

I was good to go on Saturday night for my birthday meal with the family.  I dressed down my dress with knee high boots - my legs although you can't see them are getting there. I'm fairly pleased with them. As you can see I still have a bear head and I think my hair is too long (that trip to the hairdressers was cancelled as my husband had to work) and my arms are massive! Asides from that I looked good! I received some lovely gifts - my sisters always give me stick for my reaction to presents then my best friend agreed that she, too, found my reaction to gifts to be minimal. So I hope I bucked the trend as I really did love my Links of London gold sparkly bangle and my sparkly clutch bag. I also received money from my parents, a fantastic book on Team Sky's Diary (The Pain and The Glory) as photographed by the brilliant Scott Mitchell. I love his work and follow him on twitter. Maybe that should be my motto going forward - The Pain = The Glory?!

I love this dress its from Phase Eight (seen below pic website) and currently in the sale for £60 something. I wore my biker leather jacket and sparkly scarf to go with it.  My husband has been cropped out as he didn't want to be in the photo




The dress above (also from phase-eight - pic website) is what I'll be wearing on my birthday. What do you think?  I love it.

In other news, I'm trying to get organised on the packing front and children front. My daughter also has a heel injury. She had to do a pencil dive into the shallow end of the swimming pool on Friday - she's been limping ever since. I'm hoping its not fractured and that by tomorrow it'll be a bit better if not it'll be a 4 hour wait in A&E I'm afraid. My youngster seems to have developed a nasty cough and my eldest has been complaining of headaches so I'll need to get his eyes tested at some point. In addition, he can't seem to switch off mentally. Perfect timing to leave them for 5 days or maybe that's why you shouldn't go away when the kids are young!

Anyhow, I hope you'll all stick with my blog - I feel my blogging mojo coming back and am going to see this weight loss through to the end. I hope you have enjoyed the ride and will continue along with me.

xx

7 comments:

  1. LOL, thanks for the mention. Great job - 1 1/2 stone down from when you started. However, I think you've not been sticking to the 1970s diet so much recently and you can do that even with a broken heel. So lets get back to the 1970s and move onwards and downwards. And I think you look fantastic in that dress. No one is looking at arms or scrutinizing anything too closely - you look lovely, full stop. (Rachel xxx)

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  2. I think you're very right. I don't always follow it too much of the time and at those times I stay the same or if I'm exercising a little comes off and I can still follow the food aspect irrespective of what is going on with my injury. Thank you re the dress not quite what I had wanted but you reap what you sow and I didn't sow enough! xx

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  3. I think you look bloody amazing. Love the dresses and loved being your fashion consultant for a few days :-) Just been wearing the black heels round the house. Hope you liked them ... they're so comfy.

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    1. ahhh you're too kind!! I'll take that thank you! Mine arrived today and had a quick walk in them and yes they are soooo comfy especially with the padded insoles - good choice! x Will have to get nude ones as I fancy the navy lace dress from phase eight! x

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  4. I only want to say that you are very good ah-mazing....

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  5. You have done so fantastically and I agree that you look amazing! Have a fab birthday and enjoy Vegas xx

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    1. ahh thanks Nikki - still lots to do and I had a fab time thanks! xx

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